Towards a Democratic Socialist Curriculum
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It is argued that the curriculum is one of the most politicised aspects of contemporary state education and has come under increasingly centralised control in many educational systems. This chapter presents the need for an element of local stakeholder control of the curriculum to foster greater democratic accountability on what is taught. In terms of the content of the curriculum itself, it will be argued that a common curriculum that encompasses elements of the ‘academic’ and ‘vocational’ for all students (echoing Dewey) is preferable to a situation where students are ‘streamed’ into specific areas of learning. A democratic socialist curriculum will also emphasise the need for citizenship and collaboration as key educational aims that go beyond the striving for employability and qualifications.
KeywordsCurriculum Democratic Socialist Common Citizenship
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